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tv   Sen. Grassley - Preview of Gorsuch Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing  CSPAN  March 17, 2017 6:13pm-6:22pm EDT

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ahead of the supreme court
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confirmation hearing for judge neil gorsuch on monday, c-span caught up with members of the senate judiciary committee to discuss their approach to the hearing. here's committee chair chuck grassley of iowa. >> chairman grassley, how many supreme court confirmation hearings have you been through? >> this will be the 14th in the 36 years i have been on the committee. >> and this will be your first as chairman? >> yes. >> is preparing as chairman different than preparing for a supreme court confirmation hearing as not a chairman? >> procedurally it's a little bit different because you have to be on top of it and make sure that everybody understands what the rules are and how you are going to conduct the meeting. but as far as the questions that i ask of the candidate, they wouldn't be any different than if i were a junior member of this committee or the chairman of the committee. >> what is that preparation like for you? >> the preparation for whether it's for this one or going way back to 1981 when i had the
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first one, it's about the same. you read all you can about the individual, the non-lawyer that i am, i tend to rely upon people that read the 250 some decisions that he's written, but i like to read about him and i have briefing papers that i get from my staff in preparation of it. but also give direction to the staff of the kind of questions i want to ask, like for instance, appreciation of what they think about the original intent of the constitution writers, the extent to which they give deference to administrative bodies on writing of rules or interpretation of law. in other words, i want to know that they are going to be a referee of our separation of powers, in other words, there are certain executive responsibilities and certain legislative responsibilities and i want to know how they approach
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that and how they divide the line, because -- or draw the line, because i see them as a referee of our constitutional system and the final voice in regard to what is constitutional or not and whether or not administrators follow congressional intent as we write the legislation. >> how much of that do you feel like you can learn in those meetings you have had with the nominee beforehand privately and what do you need to learn in a public hearing? >> really in the private meetings that i have had with a nominee, you try to understand and become acquainted with them as an individual. you don't get into the weeds of the law. now, maybe some members have and maybe with some members, some nominees in the past, i have done that, but with this particular nominee, it was just kind of understanding where he comes from but also, knew about his reputation for a year
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because he was on president trump's list that came out, some of them came out in march, the rest came out in june, so you kind of had a feeling of the type of people that president trump, if he were president, would put before the senate and then you found out that with three or four of them, that were kind of cropping up as possible nominees the last time, you zero in on those three or four and i can surely see why president trump picked this nominee as opposed to some of the other three or four that were prominently mentioned. >> is there any opinion that he's written that you expect to zero in on with him when the hearing starts? >> i will give you an example of how scalia saw the chevron case. originally, this is where the
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supreme court gave deference and great power to administrative bodies, not only to -- for the courts to accept the finding of facts that back up a regulation, but also their interpretation of the law. scalia took the view that that was what they should do, the administrator should do, but later on he was changing his view. he originally did that because he thought people that are in the elective branch of government ought to have more authority over what the law says and what the judges maybe interpret congress to mean. i think he has -- we have seen gorsuch question the chevron case and that it ought to, i think he's indicated it ought to be changed. i'm an advocate for that change of the chevron case. i think it's very bad when
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congress writes a law that you expect the courts to interpret that law according to what congress wrote but then all of a sudden, through judicial writings, they say it's okay for us as a court, we ought to accept the administrator's judgment of what that law, what congress actually intended. >> once the hearing gets started, what do you see your role as as chairman? >> to make sure that it goes smoothly, number one. that people stay within their time limit, number two. that when they ask a question of the nominee, he ought to be able to give an answer without being interrupted and just to make sure things go smoothly. >> what advice would you give to some of the younger members on the committee who may be in their first supreme court hearing? >> my advice would be to make sure that you are asking very
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very basic questions about the role of a judge. >> chairman grassley, thanks so much for your time. >> thank you. monday, live coverage of the confirmation hearing for supreme court nominee neil gorsuch begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern on c-span 2. it's expected to last three days. you can also find it online at or listen to the hearing on the c-span radio app. we will re-air it monday night at 8:30 p.m. eastern on c-span 2. >> this saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. eastern, american history tv is live from ford theater in washington for our all day coverage of the ab raha lincoln symposium exploring the life, career and legacy of our 16th president. speakers including daniel crofts, steven engall, alan
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